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Beyond - Legends Heaven Falls: A Jedi On Earth Fanfic Award Nom Complete!

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction- Before, Saga, and Beyond' started by Darth_Marrs, Jan 12, 2007.

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  1. Darth_Marrs

    Darth_Marrs Jedi Knight star 4

    Feb 24, 2006
    After getting several nominations in the Saga Fanfic Awards for my Firefly Crossover, I looked and saw some preliminary nominations for Heaven Falls as well. None have qualified yet, but it means a lot that even one of you thought enough of this story to nominate it. Thank you very much.

    Lobo?Thank you, I will!

    TigerofRobare?I?m glad it worked for you. I always try to mix a fair amount of humor into my stories. It makes everything more bearable.

    Talon_Kenobi?Indeed. Things are about to start happening very, very fast.

    Jedi_Aurelan_Carter?I am both cruel and kind to Rodney. I make terrible fun of him, and yet hook him up with an attractive blonde Jedi knight. I think he got the better del in the end. And I don?t know about Beethoven?I?ve actually been writing a great deal to music from the new BSG series. Superb music on par with most motion picture soundtracks. Especially seasons one and two.

    VaderLVR64?Thank you, as always!

    PunkMaister?Honestly I don?t think that accusation was ever made of Rodney, not that it would have mattered. It was actually based on some ribbing my siblings gave me when I first started dating. ;)

    Jedi-2B?I honestly enjoy these downtime chapters more than the peak action chapters. For me it?s all about the characterizations. And thank you also for all your work Beta reading this monster.

  2. Darth_Marrs

    Darth_Marrs Jedi Knight star 4

    Feb 24, 2006

    Chapter Seventy-Nine: Corusca
    Coruscant, Corusca Galaxy
    Friday, August 29, 6 CE (2008 A.D.)

    Delvin Ostrael and Lord Admiral Antias Holon stood side-by-side as the Asgard cruiser Katarn dropped from what they liked to call supraluminal hyperspace into a main shipping lane on approach to Coruscant. The trip took three days in order to conserve power.

    The Imperial Capital glistened under the reflected light of its orbital mirror assemblies. Ships of every description flew to and fro. It looked like the thriving capital planet it was.

    ?This is the Empire that should have been,? Holon said proudly. ?Not an Empire ruled by Sith, but by the scion of Jedi and Imperials together, creating a fair, just empire ruled by law and not the whim of evil old men.?

    ?It is a great thing the Fel Dynasty has achieved,? Ostrael agreed. ?What do you think His Majesty will do with our request??

    ?He will consider it carefully, of course,? Holon said with a diplomatic smile. ?So far the relationship has been one-way. But what the Commonwealth proposes does have merit, and the fact that ships from the Commonwealth Alliance can come here at will, but that we cannot go there, does mark your adopted galaxy as an equal.?

    ?Unknown ship, this is Coruscant Control, you are approaching a controlled space lane. State your name and purpose.?

    Eostre, the Asgard pilot who wore clothes for the first time in millennia as she covered her newly female body, responded calmly. ?Coruscant Control, this is the Asgard cruiser Katarn transporting Lord Admiral Antias Holon to the Imperial Palace. Lord Admiral Holon seeks an audience with Emperor Fel.?

    There was silence on the other side, and then a screen appeared before them as full communication was established. A man in a colonel?s uniform stood before the screen and blinked when he saw Holon. ?Lord Admiral, we were not aware you were en route on such a vessel.?

    ?Not to worry, Colonel. The Asgard ships are considerably faster than our own and we felt the situation urgent. Please contact the Emperor?s office to see if an audience can be arranged.?

    The colonel saluted sharply. ?Yes, sir.?

    ?Three hours minimum,? Ostrael predicted.

    Holon smiled. ?One. He likes me, and I have reason to believe he is in a good mood.?

    In the end it was a compromise. They only had to wait two hours before permission was granted for them to have an audience. The two of them beamed down with Eostre in tow to the Emperor?s antechamber. Lord Admiral or not, Holon had no desire to test the Emperor?s security detail by beaming down directly to his presence.

    As it was, their appearance did cause some alarm, until Holon presented his credentials. An Imperial knight appeared, bowed, and led the three through the hall into the Imperial audience chamber.

    Emperor Roan Fel did not appear to have aged in the past two years. He sat on the edge of his throne talking with two advisors and going over budget numbers with keen interest. He noted the three approaching figures, but said nothing until Holon came to five meters away, where he knelt to one knee. Ostrael did the same.

    Fel finished and nodded dismissal to his advisors. ?Lord Admiral, what an unexpected surprise. And Knight Ostrael. A pleasure as always.? He looked at Eostre. ?And you are Asgard? You seem different than my last Asgard encounter.?

    ?I am Eostre,? the Asgard said. ?My appearance has changed from when I was last in this galaxy, where I had the honor of treating Luke Skywalker and working with his sister, your ancestor, Leia Skywalker Solo.?

    Fel nodded, his face impassive. ?Well met, Eostre of the Asgard. Lord Admiral, to what do I owe this pleasure??

    ?A mixed bag, Majesty,? Holon said. ?It is first with great sadness that I must report the loss of the HMS Bastion with all hands. The ship was destroyed in a joint Ori strike against a Commonwealth task force to which I assigned it. The Jaina and Corusca have also suffered extensive damage, b
  3. TigerofRobare

    TigerofRobare Jedi Youngling star 3

    Jan 11, 2006
    Hell hath no fury like a woman with the ability to exterminate entire civilizations scorned . . .

    I guess the final showdown is night, then?
  4. L0B0

    L0B0 Jedi Youngling star 2

    Jan 4, 2008
    Sorry about the truncated responses, I haven't had much free time lately.

    Still, its good the see the Empire is willing to commit a sector fleet led by none other than Cade Skywalker himself. Although Emperor Fel hasn't had much screen time, his contributions have been a welcome addition to this fic.

    After Vala's little pep talk, Adria has regrouped and is on the warpath. That cannot be good.
  5. sdhfs

    sdhfs Jedi Master star 4

    May 22, 2004

    great posts, can't wait for this finale.
  6. Jedi_Aurelan_Carter

    Jedi_Aurelan_Carter Jedi Youngling star 1

    Apr 2, 2007
    Very nice update there...

    can't wait for whats to come=D=
  7. Jedi-2B

    Jedi-2B Jedi Master star 4

    Nov 2, 2000
    I always love the Cade scenes. And now you're marrying him off to Marasiah! Even tho I've never been a big Adria fan, I liked your portrayl of Vala and her. Good job.

    And thanks for putting up with all my whining of 'Rodney isn't that short' and 'Cade doesn't have red in his hair.' LOL!
  8. PunkMaister

    PunkMaister Jedi Youngling star 1

    Oct 12, 2006
    I agree although I'm surprised that they have not asked for the sharing of Hyperspace technology which most people in the Corusca galaxy especially merchants and entrepeneurs must be screaming for at this point and with reason since it would open true intergalactic markets for them...[face_thinking]

    Anyway that was a superb if short update I guess is pretty much still the calm before the storm which is about to begin.=D=
  9. skreed01

    skreed01 Jedi Knight star 1

    Jun 15, 2007
    Well I believe we will either see the Asgard share their Hyperspace tech with Earth ( as they do I am sure in some way consider us the Fifth Race ) in which case Earth will no doubt offer it to the Fel Empire in the Corsuca Galaxy. Or the Earth will gain the tech By examineing the Engines on Atlantis ( essentially a city sized spaceship with the most advanced intergalactic hyperspace engines the Ancients had at that time ) in which case again they will probably offer them to the Empire. Of course I would only presume they would do that after the Empire signed some type of treaty with the Earth, or the Milky Way Galaxy as a Whole ( more than likely some type of Galactic or Intergalactic government will be formed by that time ). Another thing the Earth and it's allies have that the Empire does'nt which could be traded for is Stargates, and Naquadah. Presumeing of course that the plans for naquadah reactors have been shared with the Empire. As far as tradeing Stargates goes, it's simple if there is a world that no longer supports life with a Stargate on it simply remove the Stargate and offer it with the DHD to the empire. With their technicall expertise, and some minor assistance from the Asgard, they could then build and devolope their own gate system in their galaxy. And if security is a concern something similar to the Earths Iris or Atlantis's gatesheild could be worked out along with an IDC for deactivation. But that will be all up to Marrs. Anyway Great update, definately the long night before the Dawn.

    Peace Out

    Sean K Reed
  10. Darth_Marrs

    Darth_Marrs Jedi Knight star 4

    Feb 24, 2006
    TigerofRobare?You betchya. And what a woman to have mad at you. And yes, we?ve got a final battle coming very quickly.

    Lobo?No worries, just glad to have you reading. And even while she was doing it, I wondered about Vala and Adria. I wish I could have dedicated more time to their interaction?it was fun writing them.

    Sdhfs?Thank you, glad you?re still hanging around!

    Jedi_Aurelan_Carter?Thank you. The Fit is definitely about to hit the shan!

    Jedi-2B?They?re short and sweet. And who else could our little Cade go to. I appreciate everything you?ve done for this story. It would not have been the same without you.

    PunkMaister?Think of it as some judicious caution that they don?t share SG-verse hyperdrive. Would you really want to open that door? The storm is definitely approaching, though.

    Skreed01?There will be a much more expansive sharing of technologies, to be sure, but not until after the war.
  11. Darth_Marrs

    Darth_Marrs Jedi Knight star 4

    Feb 24, 2006

    Chapter Eighty: First Strike

    Admiral Jack O?Neill?s Fishing Cabin, Colorado
    Wednesday, September 3, 6 CE (2008 A.D.)
    2:23 AM MT

    Somewhere in the dark, something started playing the song ?Shake Your Groove Thing? at high volume. Instantly, Fleet Admiral Jack O?Neill sat up in bed. ?What is it?? Sam asked tiredly as she also propped herself up.

    ?That?s my CDF Alert ring tone,? he muttered. ?Lights on!?

    The cabin computer obediently turned the lights on as Jack began searching for his cell. The disco hit never seemed so ominous as it did then, taunting him with its invitation to dance as he searched. Finally, he found the phone. ?O?Neill,? he said.

    He backed up and sat down on the edge of the bed as he listened. Sam got out of bed and headed for the bathroom for a quick shower. She sensed that the time for sleep was over. When she emerged five minutes later after a military-time shower, Jack was already getting dressed.

    ?What?s happening??

    ?The Asgard sensor net detected a mass hyperspace window in the Romulan sector. Looks like a very large fleet has jumped, and it looks like they?re heading our way. Hit your emergency beacon?they?re waiting for you at Fleet Command in Thies. I think it?s like ten in the morning there. We?re coordinating the shielding from there.?

    Sam grabbed her cell and activated the beacon even as she finished getting dressed. ?Will we have time to get everything away??

    ?We?re going to have to,? Jack said.

    Sam disappeared a moment later in a flash of white. A second after that, John O?Neill wandered in. ?I felt something. Is it happening??

    ?They?re attacking us first,? Jack confirmed. ?You and Cassie get your beacons activated. You and the other Jedi pilots are going to be working off the Commonwealth.?

    John nodded, then stepped forward and grabbed the admiral in a hug before he could say anything. ?No regrets,? the younger O?Neill said sheepishly. ?Thank you for having us. Good luck.?

    ?You too,? Jack said. A moment later, the admiral disappeared in the flash of an Asgard beam. Cassie came in behind John, clad in only her underwear. ?What?s going on??

    ?It?s started,? John said. He turned around and kissed her urgently. ?We need to get dressed and activate our beacons.?

    In homes across the world, personnel received calls and disappeared in flashes of white light, often to the shock of their families. Max and Liz managed one last kiss and hug before he disappeared, while Michael and Maria found a moment to do a little more, before Michael too disappeared.

    In the Lunar shipyards, Dr. Jackson Roykirk woke up with a start when his Vulcan and Corellian lead engineers rushed into his quarters.

    ?CDF has issued a general alert!? the Vulcan, T?Pria, said. ?Admiral O?Neill has ordered all space-worthy ships to break orbit and make best speed to the Beta Site. All other personnel are to evacuate to Earth.?

    Jackson jumped out of his cot and ran for his cramped bathroom. ?Are crews coming in?? he asked as he quickly splashed cold water on his face.

    ?Earth Central is beaming in personnel directly to their ships in dock. Ships in orbit are using their own beams to recall personnel. They?re all running full capacity. The captains are already there.?

    ?Beam any remaining munitions and supplies to the ships and break their moorings,? Roykirk ordered. ?As soon as that?s done, let?s begin getting people out of here. Any word on the Jovian yards??

    ?They?ve already begun evacuations,? T?Pria said. ?Those ship yards are space worthy in themselves. As soon as all ships are away they will fold the station up and make best speed toward Beta Site.?

    * * *

    Commonwealth, France
    Wednesday, September 3, 6 CE (2008 A.D.)
    10:24 AM GMT

    Prime Minister Charleston was in a meeting with Deputy Minister Franklin and both the Upper and Lower house finance committees when Defense Minister Maynard stepped in unannounced.

    The committee members looked outraged at the interruption, but Charleston knew it co
  12. Ultima_1

    Ultima_1 Jedi Knight star 5

    May 16, 2001
    I loved your comments about the ringtone. A bit of humor in an otherwise dark post.

    The drama of everyone getting to their places and getting set for the battles to come was very good.

    I watched a couple Atlantis repeats this week, so those characters (especially Rodney) are a bit clearer to me now.
  13. L0B0

    L0B0 Jedi Youngling star 2

    Jan 4, 2008
    That was awesome! The suspense was palpable and the assault on NYC was brutal. And yet, you still slipped in some tender moments and comic relief to balance out the moment. Nicely done.

    Cost of planetary phase shielding = All the $$$ on Earth

    The look on Adria's face = Priceless

    *I have to wonder why they didn't test the power conduits beforehand though...:confused:
  14. TigerofRobare

    TigerofRobare Jedi Youngling star 3

    Jan 11, 2006
    Well I guess you just wiped out Vermont with New York City. :_|

    Great chapter. When does the Sector Fleet get here.
  15. PunkMaister

    PunkMaister Jedi Youngling star 1

    Oct 12, 2006
    That depends on how long the Asgard take to tow all those ships from one galaxy to the other, towing sadly takes a toll which is why I think is foolhardly to keep the Corusca inhabitants from getting SGverse hyperdrive, npot to mention they now have to carefully map for the Coruscans every nook & cranny of the Milky way which they never had to before with SGverse hyperdrive plus is time consuming. I'm sorry Marrs but I fail to see the benefits of the coruscans sticking to SWverse hyperdrive when at least (Intragalactic not intergalactic) SGverse drives could be adapted to them, now you have a whole sector fleet so a whole lot more careful and tedious mapping will be required... Unless the SDs are to be towed nearly each and every time which again it takes a great toll on power better reserved for shields and weapons arrays in my opinion...

    Another question that I got that still has to be answered is how do the Jedi prevent their powers to be nulified by the "Force" blocking anti prior devices they are now using...

    Most excellent though dark update!=D=
  16. Jedi-2B

    Jedi-2B Jedi Master star 4

    Nov 2, 2000
    Ah, the beginning of the end. Poor Sam. Poor New York.

    Great, and memorable, battle coming up, folks. [face_worried]
  17. Darth_Marrs

    Darth_Marrs Jedi Knight star 4

    Feb 24, 2006
    Ultima_1?Thank you, I?m glad you enjoyed that touch. It was that song, or the Star Wars theme. ;) I don?t watch Atlantis with the same fanaticism as SG-1, but I do enjoy Rodney.

    Lobo?Thank you. I wrote the chapter very quickly, even I was caught up in it a little. As for testing?this was all happening in a matter of days. They weren?t able to run full diagnostic tests because of the fear Adria would discover what they were doing and intercept their own attack force. They tested components, but never the whole thing together. It was a huge gamble.

    TigerofRobare?Sorry. And the Sector Fleet will be here shortly. Promise.

    PunkMaister?1) The hyperdrive question is not one driven solely by tactics. It is a political issue was well. Frankly the Alliance does not want the empire to be able to ship Star Destroyers to their galaxy at will. The hyperdrives are the only real advantage the Milky Way has. 2) Good question. Is the power the Ori draw on the same as the Force? I implied in GOD&L that they were different powers at work. The final battle between Anakin Skywalker and the Orici implied that. But I?ll just have to answer with a simple: Good Question.

    Jedi-2B?That one failure is going to haunt her for the rest of her life.

  18. Darth_Marrs

    Darth_Marrs Jedi Knight star 4

    Feb 24, 2006

    Chapter Eighty-One: Mustering Forces

    UECS Odyssey SCA-02
    Thursday, September 4, 6 CE (2008 A.D.)
    1: 23 p.m. GMT

    ?So, how ready are we?? O?Neill asked.

    Around the table, the senior officers of the Commonwealth fleet exchanged glances. ?All the heavy cruisers are at ninety percent capacity or better,? Admiral Shintre said. ?Unfortunately we can?t say the same for the new destroyers. Five of them only have sixty percent shields and of those, two don?t have the use of their primary weapons at all. I?ve spoken with their captains who say the weapons systems were simply not completed in time. They do have functioning turbolaser point defense systems, but no primary weapons. I?ve assigned those ships as fighter escorts in the meantime.?

    O?Neill nodded. ?The Asgard say that the Empire has volunteered additional ships. A good chunk of the Asgard fleet is involved in ferrying those ships over. The four Star Destroyers we have with us report all systems ready. Teal?c just commed a few minutes ago and said the Jaffa fleet was en route. The Antarans should be here in the next few minutes.?

    ?Are we going to do any coordination exercises before we strike?? Commodore Kaminin asked.

    ?If I had my way we?d be in Romulan space right now,? O?Neill said, ?hitting them while their ships are away. But I?m not going to risk all your lives in case it?s a trap. We?ll coordinate our plans en route. The moment we get everyone here, we?re going in and we?re going in hot.?

    ?Admiral O?Neill to the bridge,? the ship?s intercom piped.

    ?All right, return to your ships and be ready to move,? O?Neill summed up. They left the conference room and stepped through the doors onto the bridge. ?Report.?

    ?We have company,? Siana Delun said. ?Good company.?

    O?Neill continued across the bridge, watching the view screen as he did. Directly in front of the Commonwealth fleet, ships dropped out of hyperspace in pairs, one Asgard ship with one obviously Imperial ship. And they kept coming. ?Wow,? Jack said.

    ?Six Pellaeon-class star destroyers,? Siana counted. ?And eighteen Imperial Frigates. With the ships we have?.? She turned to Jack. ?That?s a sector fleet.?

    The screen blinked, and was replaced by a handsome yet slightly unkempt face of a young man with wildly curly blond hair. ?This is Lord Cade Skywalker. On behalf of his Imperial Majesty, I?m pleased to add this small part of our fleet to aid you in your endeavors.? Cade?s slight grin proved to all that he knew very well the ?small? part of the fleet had enough fire power to wipe out all of Earth?s ships.

    ?Cade, is that really you?? Siana asked.

    He blinked, and his grin turned to a genuine smile. ?Blue! You?re looking well. I was very sorry to hear about Master Katarn.?

    ?Thank you,? Siana said. ?Is Delvin with you??

    ?He?s on his way over to you in a shuttle now. Admiral O?Neill, I presume??

    ?That?s me,? Jack said. ?You?re a Jedi, right? I didn?t think Jedi were with the Empire.?

    ?It?s a long and faintly embarrassing story,? Cade said with a shrug. ?I?ll tell you another time. In the meantime, we need to get our computers synced and our friend-or-foe systems updated.?

    ?I?ll have our tactical people start sending transponder signals to you,? Jack said. ?It is a pleasure to have you aboard. Is Antias there??

    ?He is,? Cade said. ?I?m nominally in charge, but I know better than to get between an admiral of his caliber and the technical aspects of the battle.?

    ?Smart man,? Jack said. ?Now all we need are the Antarans and the Jaffa, and off we go.?

    The screen split and Thor?s face appeared beside Cade?s. ?O?Neill, before the cloak was engaged on Earth, I?m afraid our sensors detected at least one megaton-level explosion. At least one shot got through.?

    Jack closed his eyes a moment. ?Thanks for letting us know.?

    ?The Orici?s fleet remained for perhaps another half hour and then broke orbit. They left one Ori cruiser in orbit; the rest of the fleet appears to have return
  19. Ultima_1

    Ultima_1 Jedi Knight star 5

    May 16, 2001
    So now it's really show time. Can't wait to see what happens next, though I figure that not all the major characters will make it home.
  20. L0B0

    L0B0 Jedi Youngling star 2

    Jan 4, 2008
    She felt a wavering in the space around her. She stood and turned. ?Launch all fighters,? she said, as the space before them exploded under the onslaught of unimaginable energies. The Alliance fleet had arrived.

    Now it's on.

    *Makes popcorn & turns on surround-sound*

  21. VaderLVR64

    VaderLVR64 Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Feb 5, 2004
    I had SO much catching up to do, but it was TOTALLY worth it! :D

    Your dialogue never fails to be top notch, and your characters are believable, even when I don't particularly LIKE them. :p

    Congrats on the well deserved nominations!!!! =D=
  22. Jedi_Aurelan_Carter

    Jedi_Aurelan_Carter Jedi Youngling star 1

    Apr 2, 2007

    for the gathering forces and the subplot thrown in with the cliff...=D=
  23. dajohu

    dajohu Jedi Knight star 1

    Oct 16, 2006
    Sorry it took me so long to get caught up but it seems I've not been getting a pm and with the plethora of stories I'm keeping up with I didn't realize it :D. Anyway, I loved the progression since my last post and I too am anxiously awaiting the battle ahead. If you're still doing pms I'd appreciate it if you could make sure I get one to so I don't miss out on your updates. :) Thanks!

  24. Darth_Marrs

    Darth_Marrs Jedi Knight star 4

    Feb 24, 2006
    Since I'm getting fewer reviews, I'll go back to doing the responses this way. I'll be glad to add you back onto the PM list. There are truly only a few more chapters to go. Which is hard to believe considering how long I've been posting this story!

    Many things are coming to fruition. I hope you continue to read and enjoy!

    Thank you, and to you as well. I appreciate you reading as always!

    Yep, it's definitely on. Think Gods of Dark and Light-scale battles.

    Sadly, there will be casualties. But you won't have to wait long.

    Thanks for sticking with this story for the long term. I truly appreciate you're readership.

    Darth Marrs
  25. Darth_Marrs

    Darth_Marrs Jedi Knight star 4

    Feb 24, 2006

    Chapter Eighty-Two: The Battle of Romulus ? Part 1

    Median Orbit Between Remus and Romulus
    Thursday, September 4, 6 CE (2008 A.D.)
    2:32 p.m.GMT

    Across the line of the Ori defensive sphere, captains both Aschen and Romulan stared agape at the monsters that appeared before them: ten ships almost ten kilometers in length apiece, wedge-shaped and bristling with armaments. A fleet of ships with similar shapes but much smaller in size appeared between the behemoths.

    Then came the rest of the Commonwealth ships. Pyramid-shaped augmented Ha?taks reverted along the edges of the combined fleet, thirty in all. In the midst of the Imperial ships arrived the Commonwealth fleet, 41 ships strong.

    Adria felt the tension running through the fleet, and with a mere thought broadcast her words through every loyal ship there. ?They look impressive, do they not?? she said. ?And yet I feel their fear from here. They are but a fraction of our fleet in numbers. Believe in the will of the Ori. Know their hands shield us even now. Even should these blasphemers succeed in taking your lives, by accepting the will of the Ori you shall ascend to a state of power the likes of which you cannot imagine. Have faith and be strong. All those who do not follow the Path of Origin will be destroyed.?

    On the other side of the empty zone of space separating the two fleets, Admiral Han Shintre surveyed the enemy. Already they were launching their fighters, but even with six hundred capital ships, they were able to launch only two hundred fighter craft. The Romulans were the only ones to produce such craft in numbers. Even the Ori forces did not have many, since their deadly cruisers were enough.

    ?All ships, this is Shintre,? Han said. ?Launch all fighters, assault shuttles and al?kesh. Repeat, launch all ships. Ha?taks and Imperial frigates, open the road. All heavy weapon ships are to concentrate on the Ori cruisers once resonance torpedoes have been deployed. And may the Force be with us all!?

    Swarms of TIEs, assault shuttles, deathgliders, al?kesh, F-501s and F-505s launched from their respective carriers. In the midst of the fighter squadrons, one reduced squadron of ten ships stayed in better formation than most. In the lead ship, Max Evans took a deep, calming breath. Suddenly the squadron-specific channel on their ship-to-ship subspace erupted with hard, pounding music. He looked and saw it was coming from JD-5, O?Neill?s ship. ?John, what is that??

    ?Mood music,? John O?Neill said. ?Haven?t any of you kids ever seen Apocolypse Now? This is Wagner, baby. We?re going to war.?

    ?More Western propaganda,? Padawan Voronkova said. Then they heard her chuckle. ?Borodin or Shostakovich would be better, but then again the Russians always write better music.?

    Max?s scanners showed they were almost within weapon?s range of the Ori-loyal fighters. ?Heat ?em up,? Max said. ?We act as one. We pick one target at a time. Stay in formation until otherwise ordered. Fighting as a team, we will be unstoppable.?

    The first fighters in front of them began firing. Through the Force, they all felt the warning and the entire squadron pulled up and then corkscrewed as a series of Husnock missiles scorched past them.

    ?Light ?em up,? Max said, as the Ride of the Valkyries played triumphantly in over their subspace com systems.

    As space ignited with weapons fire and ship explosions, Minister Teal?c of the Jaffa Confederation cloaked his al?kesh. The fifty other al?kesh behind him did the same, and quickly they pulled out of the main attack vector. They knew from years of war against the Ori that only the Ori cruisers themselves could detect cloaked al?kesh, and that even then it was difficult for them to do so.

    He pulled his forces over the line of the battle, avoiding all enemy ships. As Admiral Shintre had predicted, the Ori forces were shifting their battle-lines forward to reinforce the line of defense. Some ships did remain in place in the event of a rear-guard attack.

    ?The Ori have lo
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